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Drought Tolerant Gardening

Intelligent gardeners save water

Water is essential to life and we all need it.  Plants also need water for healthy growth. However, it is now common knowledge that in the South East of England rainfall over the last year has been very low.

That means we all need to do our bit to conserve the precious resources we have left and nowhere more so than in the garden.

For some people old fashioned perceptions of what  makes a good garden may be acres of lush lawns and thirsty bedding plants but for the intelligent gardener there is another way that not only helps to save water but also reduces your water bills.

Drought tolerant planting scheme

Drought tolerant planting scheme

Completed in Hoo, near Rochester

In some areas certain water companies are still allowing the use of drip irrigation systems or 'leaky hose' (porous black pipe) which allows the garden to be watered by an automatic timer and not be affected by the hose pipe ban. Many of our gardens benefit from this system but if you need help in choosing the right plants for the right place, then our expert knowledge can help.

drought tolerant planting  

As our climate changes, so should our approach to gardening. Less water doesn't have to mean less gardening - far from it!

With the right plant knowledge your garden can be a haven for wildlife, saving water, reducing maintenance and lowering your bills...

Using the right plants is essential

We can help your garden be drought tolerant

Contact us to find out how




Verbena bonariensis

Verbena bonariensis


Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' and Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red and Perovskia 'Blue Spire'

What you can do to save water:

1) Choose drought tolerant plants!  - there are stunning foliage plants and wonderful flowering performers for almost every part of the garden, be it sun or shade, chalky soil or clay. A little knowledge goes a long way

2) Mulch! Whether it's wood chippings, gravel or organic compost, a layer of mulch around the base of plants not only helps to reduce evaporation but also reduces the presence of weeds - that's intelligent gardening!

3) Water intelligently! If you have to water, do so in the evening or very early in the morning when plants will have a chance to absorb moisture before the sun evaporates it.

4) Design paving areas with care! Make sure paved areas have planting areas to drain towards - that helps to use available rain water. Never drain patios or terraces into mains drainage!

5) Cut out the lawn! If you feel a slave to the lawn and are fed up with cutting grass, remember lawns are thirsty (although can recover from periods of drought). There are alternatives! The other benefit to cutting down on lawn areas is the added benefit for wildlife. The more flowers and nesting habitats a garden has, the better it is for wildlife.

6) Water butts! Fixed to down pipes or adjacent to greenhouses, rain butts can save precious rainfall and release it just when you need it most.

7) Group plants together! Elegant planters on the patio or at the front of the house can look fantastic. Choose  drought tolerant plants and place handfuls of shingle or similar stone aggregate at the top of the pots to conserve moisture then group together to reduce transpiration caused by exposure to wind.

  Recommended plants for drought tolerance - in A-Z order...

Allium caeruleum Flowering onion. Attractive spring blue flowering bulb, architectural form, thrives in sandy soil
Echinops ritro Globe thistle. Blue flowers, great for pollinating insects, also for cut flowers
Eryngium alpinum Sea Holly. Spiky grey foliage, very tough on dry soils.
Kniphofia 'Nancy's Red' Red Hot Poker. Very attractive form with orange / amber flowers, repeats through summer if dead-headed regularly.
Perovskia 'Blue Spire' Russian Sage. A real winner, with blue plumes of long lasting flowers and soft grey foliage. A wildlife magnet for the sunny border.
Phormium 'Yellow Wave' New Zealand Flax. Tough evergreen for the border or as a focal point in pots. Handsome, sword-like, variegated foliage lasts all year. Good for exposed places.
Romneya coulteri Tree Poppy. Large white flowers last nearly all summer. Stunning grey foliage.
Stipa gigantea Spanish Oat Grass. Tall blue-foliaged grass, with elegant plumes of long-lasting flower heads which eventually die to leave delicate stems and fantastic seed heads.
Teucrium fruticans Germander. Silver, aromatic foliage with blue flowers. Can be grown as a hedge in a sheltered garden.
Verbena bonariensis Verbena. Tall stems produce clusters of small rosy-purple flowers in late summer and autumn. Short-lived but freely self-seeds for successive years.




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